The St. Paul Canadiens Alumni Foundation held a ceremony before Saturday night’s against the Wainwright Bisons to recognize the new championship banners that hang from the rafters of the Clancy Richard Arena, recognized former players who had passed away, and awarded the first two scholarships to current players on the team.
President of the Alumni Foundation, Pat Lamoureux spoke to the crowd in attendance on the importance of these initiatives, especially for young players and pursuing further education.
“A special night, a special moment. It’s going to give our club next year and in years to come some strength in their recruiting abilities with our scholarship programs,” said Lamoureux.
Teagen Densmore and Kyler Steinhauer-Morin were the first recipients of the scholarships, sponsored by Saik Insurance and MCSNet.
“We’ve been involved in hockey, my whole life and so on. There’s a lot of commitment to play Junior B in the community and going to school makes it even more difficult. So we’re just trying to help out,” said Shawn Saik.
Hanging from the rafters of the Clancy Richard Arena is fresh banners for previously unrecognized championships, including a special mention of the Canadiens dominant teams from 1969-1971 that were one of the best in western Canada. These teams were inducted earlier in the St. Paul Canadiens Hall of Fame.
Three former players on those teams were part of a ceremonial faceoff before the game officially teed off.
Lamoureux mentioned that major events originally scheduled for this winter could take place in late 2022. That includes the alumni game with the Montreal Canadiens scheduled for October 29, 2022 and the NHL Indigenous alumni game as well.